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On the case

Darryl Annett

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce the assistance of Piper Alderman; this Melbourne law firm is providing substantial pro bono support to Salvation Army clients at Melbourne 614 Corps.

Piper Alderman is staffing two crews of eight lawyers from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays, performing legal clinics in the Army’s Hamodava cafe off 69 Bourke Street. The 614 urban justice centre’s solicitor advocate Darryl Annett says the firm ‘has been very good and generous, actively looking for the means to remove any hindrances, without reluctance or hesitation, and they have been patient.’

The company is supplying computers and printers for the clinics and Darryl explains the legal teams will deal with issues on the spot, with ‘ongoing work referred to me as appropriate or passed on further.’

The urban justice centre, officially opened on 22 November 2012, has handled approximately 118 cases to date. Thirty-five per cent of the cases have been criminal in nature, other matters included will and estates (10%) and a wider range of legal matters such as advocacy with the Victorian Government’s department of human services, the plight of asylum seekers, immigration issues, housing crises, and intervention orders.

The cases have been referred from 614’s housing workers, cafe, youth bus, ‘the couch’ for overseas students, mental health worker, and from the marketplace external to 614.

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